Old 16th November 2008, 07:05   #1
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New Laptop

The hard drive on my laptop is about to die. I went to Best Buy today (I'm not a big fan of Best Buy but they're the only store in the area besides Staples that has this type of stuff, but will go back if I have to) to see about purchasing a new hard drive. My current laptop is already on its second hard drive, has an external DVD drive because its internal one died, and has the battery life of about 20 minutes.

Basically, my computer is on life support. When I was glancing around at some of the prices of laptops these days, I decided I'd rather buy a new laptop than keep putting money into this shell of a computer. It's already four years old; it's time to pull the plug.

I am on a fairly small budget, I can't spend any more than $700. I can put $200 down but I'll need to finance the rest.

I have right now an emachines M5405 notebook with 15.4" widescreen, 512 MB DDR, 2800 AMD Sempron, and an 80 GB hard drive. It's pretty dated, so anything will be an improvement. The cheaper the better. The only real requirement that I have is that I would like a similar screen size, can be a little bigger just not much smaller.

Any recommendations for a machine and for a place to purchase?

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Old 16th November 2008, 11:39   #2
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=

Use the options on the left to narrow your search. Link above is for price range : $500 - $750 and screen size : 15" - 15.6"

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Old 16th November 2008, 13:10   #3
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There's not much wrong actually with the Toshiba laptop on there (first laptop on the page)

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Old 17th November 2008, 09:58   #4
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After a few trips to Best Buy and Staples to test out similar machines and at least 15 hours comparing products online, I ended up going with this guy:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115500

It's a smaller screen than what I'm used to but I'll adjust. The specs are just right for I need, and the price is just right for my wallet.

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Old 18th November 2008, 17:23   #5
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Re: New Laptop

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I am on a fairly small budget, I can't spend any more than $700. I can put $200 down but I'll need to finance the rest.
You shouldn't buy what you can't afford. Get a loan to buy a house, not consumer electronics.
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Old 18th November 2008, 18:20   #6
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I agree, which is why I bought what I did. The more I thought about it, I couldn't justify a loan on a computer. I have the money and paid for it in full.

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Old 21st November 2008, 04:50   #7
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It looks good - the only hangup I saw was the 2 gigs of RAM. Vista Home Premium takes close to 2 gigs just to be idle. A small upgrade to 3 gigs would likely make things a lot more smooth if you ask me - less use of the hard drive for RAM.

On that note, Vista can sometimes use high speed USB memory sticks as RAM in a pinch.

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